Baltimore Fire Aftermath

This image is part of the collection of historic photographs of Baltimore County, Maryland USA owned by the Baltimore County Public Library, Towson Maryland USA.

In centuries past, fires regularly swept through cities, frequently destroying large areas within. Close living quarters, lax, unenforced, or non-existent building codes; and a widespread dearth of firefighting services were all contributing factors to the frequency and extent of urban fires. The rapid expansion of American cities during the nineteenth century contributed to the danger.

In addition, firefighting practices and equipment were largely unstandardized: each city had its own system. As time passed, these cities invested more in the systems than they already had, increasing the costs of any conversion. In addition, early equipment was often patented by its manufacturer. By 1903, over 600 sizes and variations of fire hose couplings existed in the United States. Despite efforts to establish standards being made since the 1870s, they had little effect: no city wanted to abandon its system, few saw any reason to adopt standards, and equipment manufacturers did not want competition. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a catastrophe made worse by the people attempting to stop it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you made things worse because you didn’t know the right thing to do.

Art Prompt: Fire

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of fire fighting.

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